There are many iconic racing automobiles from the 1970s, and for Porsche followers, the Porsche 934/5 is undoubtedly one of many key ones. And in case you are a type of followers, and also you’re struggling to discover a 934/5 on the market in the intervening time that’s comprehensible – Porsche made solely 10 of them. Then there’s the issue of worth. The final time one got here onto the open market in 2017, it offered for a cool $1.4m. Help is at hand, although. Singer has simply introduced a reimagined 934/5. It’s known as the DLS Turbo, and boy does it look a bit tasty.
For some background now we have to enterprise again to 1976. That was when Porsche determined to produce this tiny batch of automobiles utilizing the 934 with 935 Group 5 components, together with a turbocharged 3.0-litre flat six delivering round 500hp. It was constructed to go racing within the Trans-Am and IMSA GTO collection, and the 934/5, because it was designated, dominated. It gained six of the eight Trans-Am races and collared the highest 5 positions within the championship – giving the Corvette C3s and the Group 44 Jaguar XJS bloody noses within the course of.
The 934/5 clearly had an impact on Rob Dickinson, who’s the Executive Chairman and Founder, Singer Group. “I was 12 when my father’s friend showed us his Super 8 film of the 1977 Watkins Glen 6 Hours. As the familiar face of a Porsche 911 morphed into impossibly boxed hips, gaping intakes, and a giant double-planed rear wing, I can still remember the shock and the realization that this was the other life of the 911 – the racing car. Since Singer began, I’ve wanted to return to that moment, collaborate with our clients and celebrate that car – the 934/5.” And now, true to his phrase, he has, utilizing a growth of the engine used within the Turbo Study it produced final 12 months.
Once once more, it’s 964-based. Are there sufficient 964s on the earth to produce the numbers of reimagined 911s which might be being doled out immediately? Well, it could not look like it, however while you suppose Singer capped manufacturing of its Classic at 450, and it’s one of many largest and most prolific names within the sport, the numbers of 964s being devoured up are literally fairly small. Dickenson has mentioned beforehand that there are nonetheless tens of hundreds of 964s and plenty of ‘ratty ones’ that he doesn’t really feel ‘too bad about reimagining’.
The course of begins when an proprietor’s 964 arrives at Singer’s new-ish premises in Torrance, California. The facility now homes all Singer’s manufacturing necessities underneath one roof. First process is to strip the 964 to nothing however a physique shell. That’s then ‘painstakingly assessed, cleaned, strengthened, and prepared so that it is in optimal condition for the next stages of the restoration,’ which begins by including the 934/5-inspired carbon fibre physique panels that trim weight and add power. And by the way in which, sure, the form of that bodywork mirrors the unique, but it surely’s been honed utilizing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to excellent its aerodynamic efficiency and the automotive’s prodigious cooling necessities.
That brings us onto the unique 964 engine. That’s in one other room going via an analogous strip-down-and-assessment programme. It’s rebuilt with an elevated displacement of 3.8-litres, double the valves (to 24) and never one however two turbochargers. The turbos pull in air from giant openings constructed into the rear home windows and use air-to-water cooling with electrical wastegates. The output is fairly astonishing. The Singer model produces over 200hp greater than the unique ’70s racing automobiles – in extra of 700hp at 9,000rpm. That runs via a six-speed guide gearbox, however better of all, try the side-exiting exhausts behind the rear wheels. Whoof, whoof certainly.
Obviously, we’re speaking about slightly extra efficiency than an ordinary 964 Carrera would’ve had, then, so to give the driving force some hope of taming its newfound boisterousness, the Singer DLS Turbo has carbon ceramic brakes with monoblock calipers and cast magnesium centre-locking wheels (19-inch entrance, 20-inch rear) wrapped in both Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 or Cup 2R tyres. The uprated suspension contains bespoke dampers with what’s described as ‘remote’ adjustment.
The fashion route every proprietor takes is up to them. The Blood Orange automotive you see within the photos has been produced for an proprietor who needed to concentrate on the monitor component of the 934/5. That’s why it has a high-downforce rear wing – the higher component of which is adjustable – and huge entrance splitter jutting out. The different automotive – the one completed in Moet Blanc – is on the reverse finish of the 2 extremes. Its proprietor needed one thing in a extra road-focused touring spec, which is why it comes with a speed-bump-friendlier entrance finish and smaller ducktail spoiler on the again. And for those who simply can’t resolve which route to take, then Singer will construct you a automotive that be switched between the 2 configurations. Naturally, there’s additionally an enormous array of choices past the essential aero philosophy – by way of paintwork, inside leather-based and trims – to create one thing totally bespoke.
How a lot will this price and what number of will probably be constructed? Singer says that: ‘each restoration is unique’ and that the ‘prices for Singer’s restoration services are dependent on the requests by each car’s proprietor’. It additionally said that ‘a limited number of restorations will be commissioned’. So we don’t know, mainly, however for those who’ve not learn between the strains and concluded it’s going to price quite a bit then your identify should certainly be Pollyanna. We can inform you how a lot it’s going to price to see one of many Singer DLS Turbos within the flesh. It’s the value of a Goodwood Festival of Speed ticket, the place it’s going to be on show.